The Workforce Transitions Department of ECC wants to be your partner, helping you achieve your educational and career goals. There are many free programs and services available to youth and adults who qualify.
- Assistance with tuition, testing fees and books
- Referral/assistance for childcare and transportation assistance
- Adult basic education and GED preparation
- Resume development, interviewing skills training
- Job search and job referral assistance, job retention
- Support groups and personalized one-on-one advising
- Computer skills training, short-term training for certification
- Work experience
- Employer tours
Who Can Participate
|Participants may be 16 to 21 years of age.
||Participants who are 18 or older, students or community members.
|Participants must reside within Kane or Cook County.
||Participants may be receiving public aid, have low income, have other special circumstances and/or are experiencing difficulty gaining employment with their present skills.
|Participants must meet income guidelines.
||Participants may be displaced homemakers who have found themselves the sole supporter of a family.
|Other qualifications not listed include: Ex-offenders, single or teen parent (first-generation to attend college), basic skills deficient, learning disabled, high school dropout, homeless.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program
Participants eligible for this program receive assessment, training and other resources to better understand the relationship of education to work.
Adult Re-employment Services: Dedicated to Helping You Find a Job
If you are a resident of Cook County living in Bartlett, Streamwood, Hanover Park or Elgin and need a job, this is the program for you. An ECC coordinator, funded by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (LWIB 7), is ready to assist you with the following free services. Residents of ECC's district living in Kane, McHenry, DuPage and DeKalb counties who need assistance finding work should visit services for the unemployed.
- One-on-one client intake
- Résumé development, job search assistance, and labor market information
- Career interest inventories and exploration of new career options
- “Skilling up” while unemployed
- Personal branding
- Workshops on job search activities and mock interviews for employment
- Budgeting/financial planning for the unemployed
- Help using government services
- Services and available resources for unemployed veterans
Plus 50 Encore Completion Program
ECC is partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program to help plus 50 adults return to college and train for jobs in high demand fields. Learn more»
Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing (iNAM)
ECC is part of a 21-college consortium awarded the iNAM grant from the Department of Labor. Visit inam.net